Learning the trade of an auctioneer can be tricky, gaining real world experience and advice takes time and dedication. What if you could have one on one conversations with those who have already spent a lifetime taking part in the auction world? Gaining wisdom and advice from those who have perfected their trade can help students grow in leaps and bounds!

The Wisconsin Auctioneers Association has several members that want to give back to auction schools around the country. Mike Paul, Roger Hansen, Jack Hines, Marilyn and Harold Betthauser, and Rich Ranft have all stepped forward to be mentors to the auctioneers of tomorrow.

All you need to do to have an experienced mentor is to reach out. Rich Ranft can be reached at (608) 364-1965 and will help you from there. You will be connected with a mentor closest to you geographically and you will both move forward together. Having a mentor that knows the ropes and has your back can make a world of difference. Getting your questions answered by a professional will give you insights you didn't have before.  All you need to do to start is reach out.  What are you waiting for?

Many auction schools started in the early 1900s in America. The Jones’ National School of Auctioneering and Oratory was believed to be the first. It was started by auctioneer Carey M. Jones in Davenport, Iowa. For the first term, the school promoted “competent instructors teaching general merchandise, real estate and fine stock auctioneering.” However, many auctioneers at that time did not believe an auctioneer could be “trained.” They believed that auctioneering was a natural ability that you were born with.

Colorado

World Wide College of Auctioneering
Denver Auction School
Phone: (800) 423-5242
wwca@netconx.net
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Florida

Florida Auctioneer Academy  
8930 S. US Hwy. 1
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952
800-422-9155
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Miami Dade College - Kendall Campus
School of Continuing Education
  

11011 S.W. 104th Street, Room #5213-12
Miami, FL 33176-3393
305-237-2142
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Georgia

North Georgia School of Auctioneering  
P.O. Box 3025
Rome, GA 30165
Phone: (706) 346-0260
Fax: (706) 291-7107
robinhuff@hotmail.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Indiana

Reppert School of Auctioneering  
P.O. Box 6
Auburn, IN 46706
Phone: (260) 927-1234
info@reppertschool.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Iowa

Auction School of Real Estate  
2409 Highway 9
Buffalo Center, IA 50424
Phone: (800) 373-2255
www.auctioneerschool.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Continental Auctioneers School  
2409 Highway 9
Buffalo Center, IA 50424
Phone: (800) 373-2255
www.auctioneerschool.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

World Wide College of Auctioneering  
P.O. Box 949
Mason City, IA 50402-0949
800-423-5242
Fax: 641-423-3067
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Kentucky

Kentucky Auction Academy  
2435 Fitzgerald Industrial Dr.
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Phone: (270) 780-9513
stevehenry@kentuckyauctionacademy.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Louisiana

Burk Baker School - Auctioneering Program  
2834 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., #B14
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Toll Free: (800) 222-3295
Phone: (225) 293-6000
Fax: (225) 291-7582
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Missouri

Missouri Auction School   
1020 E. 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 974-8875
info@auctionschool.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.
*Approved for auction license education by some state

Professional Ringmen's Institute  
959 S. Mill St.
Rogersville, MO 65742
(417) 753-7653
Fax: (417) 753-7654
*PRI provides education for the professional ringman and does not offer education toward new auctioneer licensing. Classes may apply toward continuing education in some states. Check with PRI and your local licensing entity for complete details.

Montana

Western College of Auctioneering
P.O. Box 2231
Billings, MT 59103
Phone: (406) 252-7066
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

New Hampshire

Northeast School of Auctioneering
PO Box 1457
Conway, NH 03818
(603) 447-8808
info@NortheastSchoolofAuctioneering.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state details.
 

North Carolina

Carolina Auction Academy
141 College
Albermarle, NC 28001
Phone: (704) 991-0142
caa@stanly.edu
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Mendenhall School of Auctioneering
6729 Auction Rd.
High Point, NC 27263
Phone: (888) 833-0316
menauction@aol.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Ohio

Ohio Auction School
4949 Hendron Rd.
Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: (614) 836-2754
lisamantle@msn.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Warren County Career Center
3525 N. State Rt. 48
Lebanon, OH 45036
Phone: (513) 933-3957
ken.mchone@mywccc.org
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Pennsylvania

Clarion University
1801 W. 1st St.
Oil City, PA 16301
(717) 632-8494
cacaple@comcast.net
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

HACC, Central Penn's Community College
1 HACC Dr.
Harrisburg, PA 17110-2903
Phone: (717) 780-2300
cacaple@comcast.net
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Reading Area Community College
P.O. Box 1706
Reading, PA 19603
Phone: (484) 336-0765
mspeicher@racc.edu
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

South Carolina

Southeastern School of Auctioneering
315 Eastview Rd.
Pelzer, SC 29669
Phone: (864) 903-3160 or (864) 444-1321
lola@ssauctioneering.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Tennessee

Nashville Auction School
112 West Lauderdale St.
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: (800) 543-7061
nas@learntoauction.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

Texas

America's Auction Academy / Texas Auction Academy
P.O. Box 803503
Dallas, TX 75380-3503
Phone: (972) 387-4200
info@americasauctionacademy.com
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

McLennan Community College - Auctioneer Academy
1400 College Dr.
Waco, TX 76708
Phone: (254) 299-8126
*Approved for auction license education by some state licensing agencies – Contact school directly for complete details.

The State exam for Auctioneers consists of the following topics. The exam is derived from the Wisconsin statutes and administrative code book for Auctioneers, Basic Math, and a minimal amount of questions from the federal code regarding gun sales. The exam consists of 80 multiple choice questions.

Content

The exam content is drawn from applicable state statutes and administrative code chapters specific to the profession. The purpose of the exam is to familiarize yourself with locating the statutes and administrative code that regulate the practice of the profession. Statutes for the State of Wisconsin and the Administrative Code book for the profession can be found in the sidebar on the right.

The state exam consists of material taken from the following statutes and code chapters:

  • Chapter SPS 120 |Read|
  • Chapter SPS 123 |Read|
  • Chapter SPS 124 |Read|
  • Chapter SPS 125 |Read|
  • Chapter SPS 126 |Read|
  • Chapter 95 |Read|
  • Chapter 138 |Read|
  • Chapter 480 |Read|
  • Chapter Tax 11.50 |Read|
  • General Math Questions
  • US Code Title 18, sec. 922 |Read|
  • Other, including material from: ch. 29, 77, 100, WI Stat., ch. 218 WI Stat., ch. 402 WI Stat., ch. SPS 121, WI admin. code

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services: Licensing fees reduced for nearly half of all regulated business and health professions

Reduced fees will impact an estimated 361,000 people applying for a Wisconsin license
For the first time in a decade, license and credential fees for 170 occupations regulated by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services will be reduced or maintained at their current levels. From accountants, cosmetologists and nurses to barbers, tattoo artists and social workers, application and renewal fees are going down or remaining the same due to a state-mandated fee study conducted every two years.

The new fees will take effect July 1, 2019—beginning with initial license applications received in the Department and/or postmarked on or after July 1, and for license renewals that have an effective date of July 1 or later. The fees are set through the next fiscal biennium, or July 1, 2021. View the Frequently Asked Questions for the fee changes (listed in Appendix C).

At least one of the fees (initial and/or renewal) were reduced for 127 licenses (approximately 75 percent). An estimated 361,000 individuals who apply for or renew a Wisconsin license (approximately 96 percent of all applicants) during the next biennium will receive a reduced fee. Initial application fees for nearly 50 percent of all applicants will see an average reduction of $26.78. Over 70 percent of all renewals will see an average reduction of $57.42. Most initial fees are set at $43 with a maximum fee of $75.

“Thanks to technology integration and advancements, the Department can better manage resources needed to regulate professional licenses and credentials while passing on those savings to our customers,” said Secretary-designee Dawn B. Crim. “Lowering financial barriers for people who enter these professions for the first time as well as making the renewal process more affordable promotes economic growth and stability while protecting the citizens of Wisconsin who rely on these professional services.”

Wisconsin State Statute § 440.03(9)(a) requires the Department of Safety and Professional Services to conduct a professional licensure fee study every two years to adjust fees for the succeeding fiscal biennium. According to the statute, fees charged to occupations and businesses under the Department’s authority must reflect the approximate administrative and enforcement costs of regulating those professions under chapters 440 to 480 of Wisconsin Statutes.

The new fees are based on actual operating costs and revenues for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018). A detailed explanation of how the fees were recalculated, including licensure/credential participation rates, complaints and investigations, and adjustments for inflation can be found in the attached and linked Frequently Asked Questions.

The 2009-2011 biennium was the last time major adjustments were made to the fees. Since then, there have been only minor adjustments, as well as the addition of several licensed professions or businesses.

About the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services: The mission of the Department of Safety and Professional Services is to promote economic growth and stability while protecting the citizens of Wisconsin as designated by statute. The Department is responsible for ensuring the safe and competent practice of more than 440,000 health, business and trades professionals licensed in Wisconsin. The Department also administers and enforces laws to assure safe and sanitary conditions in public and private buildings.